Getting on a bicycle and going for a ride is supposed to be a healthy and economical choice, but it can be a hazardous decision due to the increasing number of bicycle accidents on Florida roads. This is particularly true for a cyclist who was recently killed in Boca Raton.
A 66-year-old man from Boca Raton was bicycling in the 600 block of Yamato Road near I-95 when a pickup truck hit him from behind around 10:00 a.m. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. A Boca Raton police spokeswoman said the 24-year-old female driver of the vehicle initially left the crash scene, but returned of her own accord. The accident is still under investigation.
Drivers in hit-and-run accidents flee the crash scene for a number of reasons. They might be afraid of getting arrested because of an illegal activity such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without a license or insurance, or they may be wanted for committing a prior crime. Regardless, there is no good excuse for running from the scene of an accident. An injured person needs immediate medical aid and might die if the driver leaves or fails to call for an ambulance for help.
In some cases, hit-and-run drivers flee the scene because they are afraid of the criminal and civil consequences of hitting a pedestrian, cyclist, or another vehicle. In Florida, not stopping at the scene to provide aid after being involved in an accident is illegal. Even if hit-and-run drivers return, they may still face criminal charges. Whether or not criminal charges will be filed against the driver who caused the death of the cyclist in Boca Raton, the victim’s family, with the help of a Florida personal injury attorney, may pursue a wrongful death claim.